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Poster: jhender501 Date: Nov 25, 2006 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here he goes again...

If I could live my life over again, I would spend more time trying to understand music theory. I read these explanations for "The Eleven", etc and am somewhat baffled. Perhaps if I would have stuck with guitar lessons many years ago..Oh well..still love the music ;-)


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Poster: mcglone Date: Nov 25, 2006 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here he goes again...

hi jim,

The time signature (also known as "meter signature") is a notational device used in Western musical notation to specify how many beats are in each bar and what note value constitutes one beat. Time signatures indicate meter, but do not necessarily determine it.

Simple time signatures
common time: widely used in most forms of Western classical and popular music.
alla breve, cut time: used for marches and fast orchestral music. Frequently occurs in musical theater. Sometimes called "in 2".
rarer in music since 1600, although Brahms and other conservative composers used it occasionally.
used for polkas or marches
used for waltzes, minuets, scherzi, and country & western ballads.

Compound time signatures
double jigs, fast waltzes, marches and some rock music.
"compound triple time", used in triple ("slip") jigs, otherwise occurring rarely (The Sorcerer's Apprentice and The Ride of the Valkyries are some familiar examples)
classical music; also common in blues and doo-wop, also used more recently in rock music.

fyi, the eleven, as its name suggests, is in 11/8 time, mostly played as three beats of three followed by a beat of two ( but with all sorts of variations played against each other).

This post was modified by mcglone on 2006-11-25 18:07:42

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 25, 2006 10:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here he goes again...

Way to go Ian--thanks, man. Though, I am hoping that there will not be a quiz (or anymore spell checks and grammarian analyses), it is nice to have a vague notion of what is going on.

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Nov 25, 2006 12:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here he goes again...

THanks McGone for explaining the Eleven time signature- hence my 1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2 is the correct way of counting it out- I did not want to pretend I knew something I did not know-

If you personally have not heard apocalypse in 9/8 from suppers ready here it is:

after the flute solo it kicks in at 1:39 mark

This post was modified by Liamfinnegan on 2006-11-25 20:45:51